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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Annie Potts Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780743565264
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Academy Award winner Larry McMurtry offers his most ambitious Western novel since Lonesome Dove.

Nobody writes better about the West than Larry McMurtry, and in Telegraph Days he offers the big novel of Western gunfighters that people have been hoping for years he would write. When Nellie Courtright and her brother Jackson are unexpectedly orphaned by their father’s suicide, they make their way to the nearby town of Rita Blanca. Once there, Jackson manages to secure a job as a sheriff’s deputy, while the ever resourceful Nellie becomes the town’s telegrapher.

Together, they inadvertently put Rita Blanca on the map when young Jackson succeeds in shooting down all six of the ferocious Yazee brothers in a gunfight that brings him lifelong fame but which he can never repeat because his success came purely out of luck. Nellie almost conquers the heart of Buffalo Bill, the man she will love most in her long life, and goes to meet, and witness the exploits of Billy the Kid, the Earp brothers, and Doc Holliday.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 2/14/2014

    " This book is one of a kind. I read it because I have thoroughly enjoyed Pulitzer Prize winning Larry McMurtry's writing. This book, however, may have been done tongue in cheek. The heroine meets with Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock, Annie Oakley, Jesse James, William Tecumseh Sherman, Wyatt Earp and about every other character that inhabited the old west. The problem is accentueated when she sleeps with most of them. I think that she was doing a "lifelist" of western gunmen. The book could have been published in 1875 as a novelette for the National Enquirer. She spends most of the book running Wild Bill Cody's Western Show and copulating like a herd of hamsters. In any case it is funny and gives a perspective of the old west that you will get from no other source. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 2/10/2014

    " Didn't like the author's take on the Earp brothers. Good story otherwise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 2/8/2014

    " Sigh. This book was so good in the beginning. I loved the spunky heroine Nellie and the writing was actually funny. I thought it was going to be a fun light-hearted western spoof. But then Nellie started sleeping with every man she met and then left town with Buffalo Bill Cody--although she didn't sleep with him. She tried though. By then the book felt rushed and churned out and just got dumb really fast. It's like McMurtry just wrote this for some fast money from his publisher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/30/2014

    " Main characters is female heroine and her adventures. Poor character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Peach | 1/21/2014

    " I actually listened to this book on audio...it was surprisingly clever! Annie Potts was the narrating voice and she was the perfect pick for the job! History facts, blended with a few embellished legends, made the book humorous and exciting; without a dull moment! I highly recommend it...and would welcome any recommendations to similar books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryn | 1/20/2014

    " Randomly, this is one of my favorite books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Howard | 12/31/2013

    " One can't expect an author as prolific as McMurtry to produce a masterpiece each time he publishes a new novel. This one, part of a long modern line of "strong woman protagonist" novels, is a dud. Wooden characters, laughable behavior in a "respectable" 19th century woman. Not worth your time (or mine) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/28/2013

    " I listened to the audio version of this book on a trip and really enjoyed hearing it narrated by Annie Potts. She really made the book come alive. I just finished a biography by McMurtry about Buffalo Bill Cody, and this is a fictionalized version of the old west, that incorporated much of that nonfiction book. It is written by the point of view of Nellie Courtright, a 22 year old fictional female in 1876, and her encounters with several of the Wild West heros of the day; particularly Buffalo Bill. So, I would classify this as historical fiction. It was pretty funny at times, and I really enjoyed listening to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/20/2013

    " Annie Potts was the perfect reader for this western novel. I was charmed by the spunky heroine and laughed out loud several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Mott D'Angelo | 12/20/2013

    " This was a fun book to read, maybe because I like the "Old West" movies like Tombstone, however, this was a fun read, set with humor and told from the view point of a woman. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 12/18/2013

    " fun history, but I didn't relate to the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/12/2013

    " Fun quick read for Western selection. Amazing how many famous people know each other in the Wild West ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 10/19/2013

    " Love Annie Potts reading. Love Larry's Old West characters, especially his women. I expected to google Marie Antoinette Courtwright Clarke & find she was a real historical figure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda_pilko | 10/9/2013

    " Our current Book Club read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 8/31/2013

    " Nellie is probably my favorite female character ever! She is brave, bold, all the things that a woman should be! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Mevis | 8/7/2013

    " A quick fun read for those who are fans of Larry McMurtry or Westerns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 6/17/2013

    " A little silly, but entertaining enough. Probably better as an audio book on a road trip. It was fun to have McMurtry write in a female voice. It almost felt that he was doing some kind of stylistic exercise that included trying to work in as many famous western icons as possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 VP Chandler | 3/14/2013

    " I hate to say it but this book was a disappointment to me. Great characters and funny set up yet it just didn't seem to work. One of the big drawbacks for me was the main character hopping into the stable with every "Joe" in town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/23/2013

    " Entertaining, easy read. Lonesome Dove is still my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 P.Tyson | 1/9/2013

    " I usually love McMurtry. But this is like Bill and Ted's Tubular Wild West Trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/20/2012

    " Moves more quickly than Lonesome Dove, but story isn't particularly outstanding, and main character is obnoxious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/12/2012

    " I tackled this tale as an audio book on my ipod. Annie Potts is the narrator and she does a good job. McMurtry has been hit or miss for me recently, but this one held my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Wallace | 1/8/2012

    " Not his best work, but a passable read, it's pretty hard to live up to the likes of Lonesome Dove and definitely a step up from the Berrybender junk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/18/2011

    " A playful romp through the late 19th century West with Nellie Courtwright, whose beaus and acquaintances include Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, the Earp Brothers, and Billy the Kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Marman | 7/31/2011

    " Inially 'Telegraph Days'reminded me of 'True Grit'. It started out so well, but ran out of steam about half way through and got a bit contrived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 7/1/2011

    " Is this a book about the wild west, or about Larry's dream slut? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " I'm loving this. I haven't read a western since Lonesome Dove. The reviews were so good on this one and it seemed like such a fun romp. I'm totally digging this - driving around in my car, but really I'm out in the wild, dusty west wearing a "frock" and a "bonnet" carrying a revolver! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humkeb | 4/27/2011

    " Larry McMurtry is one of my favorite authors. I love his book store in Archer City, Texas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn J. | 2/3/2011

    " Loved the sense of the Old West that came through in this book and at first the "coincidental" meetings with legendary figures were fun, but toward the end I lost the ability to suspend my disbelief. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/16/2011

    " Main characters is female heroine and her adventures. Poor character development. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 10/15/2010

    " Didn't care too much for the book. Didn't even finish reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/15/2010

    " good. fun read. A very liberated female fictional character having encounters with various historic western icons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/30/2010

    " I'm listening to CD and love the reader, Annie Potts...she is wonderful...and the story is pretty good too. Finished the CDs....I could have listened to several more. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 6/8/2010

    " Always love Larry McMurtry. This one is kind of a ibt of "fluff" but fun anyway. I like the Berrybender series much more, but nothing can match the Lonesome Dove books as far as westersn go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 5/27/2010

    " Main Character, Nellie Courtright, is a colorful character, full of spit-fire and sass. Weave her into the lives of Buffalo Bill Cody, the Earp brothers, Billy the Kid, Jessie James, etc... and you have an entertaining read. Only complaint was the to shift into telling mode to speed to the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 4/1/2010

    " I love Larry McMurtry’s writing style and his always-entertaining characters. Lonesome Dove is my all-time favorite book. But somehow "McMurty Lite"—which is how I think of these sort of diluted novellas—always disappoint. I didn’t finish this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 3/28/2010

    " Annie Potts is reading it, and she is a KICK! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/7/2010

    " Nellie is probably my favorite female character ever! She is brave, bold, all the things that a woman should be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/16/2010

    " Vintage McMurtry, one of his best works. It made me realize that I don't read enough books that are from a woman's perspective. This one will get re-read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 10/12/2009

    " fun history, but I didn't relate to the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 9/30/2009

    " It was a cute fun read. I love how McMurtry mixes history with fiction. Nellie Courtright, the narrative voice of this book, reminds me of me and my friends. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Annie Potts has starred in multiple films, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Corvette Summer before her role as the sassy secretary in 1984’s Ghostbusters. Her success continued with Pretty in Pink and on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Her later projects have included the televisions shows Any Day Now, Huff, and GCB.